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February 2023

Webinar Updates

Recording Available

If you missed our recent Walking with Moms in Need Introductory Webinar, the recording is now available.

Learn more about how you can help pregnant and parenting moms in your community, as USCCB staff walk through the website and materials, explaining how your parish can participate!


Register Now!

F.A.Q. Webinar: Wednesday, Feb. 15 @ 8:00 PM EST

In this one-hour, follow-up discussion, USCCB staff will be answering the most frequently asked questions about Walking with Moms in Needincluding those submitted by YOU during our previous webinar. Join us as we take a deeper look at this initiative with examples of Walking with Moms in action.


A recording will be made available to registrants who are unable to attend live.

In the News:

Walking the walk

Jim Graves

Legatus Magazine

January 1, 2023

"... WWMIN has already begun to bring about positive results and is fostering hopes for many more good things to come, coordinators say.

... Up north in Wisconsin, volunteers from 40 percent of parishes in the Diocese of Madison have undergone WWMIN training. 'We’re linking with as many other resources in our community as we can,' said Susanna Herro, volunteer coordinator for the program.

'One parish secretary we spoke to said, ‘We don’t have volunteers,’' Herro recalled, 'so she volunteered to train herself.'

The idea of 'walking with moms' in crisis pregnancies, she said, 'is much more valuable than just saying, ‘here’s a check.’' The program also extends care far beyond pregnancy, however.


'For some that may be as early as helping a mom coping with an unintended pregnancy. For others, it may be offering assistance during early childhood years' or even through a child’s teen years, Herro explained. 'Our Catholic Church recognizes that care for single mothers must be more than a few months of help. Rather, we can be a community for families who need one.'...

Kathleen Wilson has worked in the pro-life ministry of the Archdiocese of Detroit for the past 10 years. She is coordinator of pro-life ministry and Project Rachel, a program that offers healing to women who have had abortions.


'WWMIN provides both a means for us to share the good news of what the Catholic Church has been and will continue to do, to support both mother and child before and after birth,' said Wilson, 'as well as to increase our efforts to double down and work together to build a network of resources so that every parent knows there are real alternative life-giving choices to abortion.'

She said the archdiocese was discouraged that Proposition 3, which made a right to abortion part of the Michigan state constitution, was approved by voters in November, but since the election her office had received 60 inquiries from parishes seeking to become involved with WWMIN, joining the 80 already involved in the program.


The archdiocese’s goal, Wilson said, was to make each parish 'a place where moms and their babies are welcomed and supported, and where the dignity of every human life is upheld and valued.'"


Kansas City: Local students collect donations

Ryann Brooks

The Emporia Gazette

January 31, 2023

"Students at Sacred Heart Catholic School showed that a few people can make a big different on their community this week with their community service project as part of Catholic Schools Week.

Jennifer Danler, who has children at the school, said students were given one week to collect diapers and wipes for Shiloh Home of Hope and Walking with Moms in Need. Danler said the project was a way for students to exemplify the theme for Catholic Schools Week: 'Faith, excellence, service.'

Students collected 66 boxes or bundles of diapers—or more than 2,000 diapers —and 75 bundles or boxes of wipes. A large donation of diaper cream was also brought in.

... Shiloh Home of Hope director Carol Alderman said the donations would have a large impact on her organization, which helps women and children experiencing crisis in their lives.

'We have a lot of kids who live in the house who wear diapers,' Alderman said. 'Now we won’t have to buy them.'

Abbey Weber was there representing Walking with Moms in Need, which is a new initiative of the Catholic church designed to help support pregnant women living in difficult circumstances.

'We’re just trying to support mothers in need,' Weber said. 'We want to connect moms in need with resources and try fill any gaps if there are any.'

Weber said Walking with Moms in Need served as the 'connecting point' between Sacred Heart School and Shiloh Home of Hope for the community service project.

Alderman said projects like this were wonderful learning tools for young people."


A Safe Haven allows women who can’t care for their newborn to safely drop off baby

Laura Dodson

OSV News

February 6, 2023

"... Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami said, 'We can imagine the desperation that moves a mother to abandon her child. We thank God that A Safe Haven for Newborns is available. But there can be more options between abortion and abandonment.'

'Walking with Moms in Need is a way to accompany mothers in crises,' he said, referring to a U.S. bishops’ parish-based pro-life initiative. 'A helping hand, a listening ear can help reveal to a despairing mother a ray of hope for a better tomorrow both for herself and her child.'

... In March 2020, simultaneous with the pandemic, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launched a new pro-life initiative called Walking with Moms in Need.

'It couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time,' said Kat Talalas, assistant director for pro-life communication at the USCCB. 'Children home from school, the challenges of work, Moms needed support both financially and emotionally more than ever. The Catholic Church is here for Moms in Need. We want every person in every parish to know how to help, where to refer, how to support and befriend Moms in Need. We want people to know that in addition to walking with moms, we want more parishioners to see the vision of what it is to serve the Gospel of life.' ...

'Our goal is to offer access to financial support, but also friendship,' Talalas told OSV News. 'We are part of a community and we can do that. We are with every woman regardless of religion—so no woman falls through the cracks.'

Talalas pointed out that at this time of abortion and pro-life issues dominating the news that many people know the Catholic Church is pro-life, but what they may not know is that it also provides more institutional and financial resources than any other institution or agency outside of the U.S. government.

'People ask, ‘Where is the Church? What is the Church doing about it?'' Talalas said. 'We want women facing challenging pregnancies to see the Church as a place to find help. We provide loving support and have the ability to share not only our faith but the rich resources and service of our Church.'"


Prayer Intention

May Catholic parish communities strive to provide compassionate, tangible support to expectant moms needing assistance.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Prayer Cards Available

Our Prayer for Pregnant Mothers is available in English and Spanish for free download. It can also be ordered as a beautiful prayer card.

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

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